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AP | 08.03.2018


CAIRO (AP) — Germany deported a group of Egyptians to Cairo over violations of residency requirements, including those whose asylum requests were rejected, Egyptian airport officials said Thursday.

The Egyptians say that 100 of their countrymen were sent home, nine of whom had been held in custody and were delivered without passports. Germany’s Interior Ministry however only acknowledged nine deportations. The discrepancy between the two figures could not immediately be reconciled, although the larger number would constitute the first action of such magnitude toward Egypt from Berlin.

Germany seeks to enact a sharper migration policy after accepting over a million refugees between 2015 and 2016, mostly from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The hospitality triggered a populist backlash that has driven support of far-right politicians.

The deportees landed in Cairo on Wednesday on a flight from Frankfurt that included a robust security detail of 50 German officers, who returned after handing over the Egyptians to authorities at Cairo’s international airport, the Egyptian officials said.

German officials say the returnees were accompanied by 38 other officials, including police, doctors and interpreters, not 50 police.

Police investigated the individuals and the circumstances surrounding their deportations, including whether any had warrants issued for their arrest. All were later released and allowed to enter the country, the airport officials said.

Human rights organizations often oppose deportations to Egypt over concerns those returning may face harsh treatment by authorities, who have a long history of abuses, including extensively documented cases of torture.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters, said the flight full of deportees was a first for Germany, although they noted that Italy had also organized a similar deportation in the past.

Germany’s Interior Ministry also gave its comments via a spokesman but anonymously, in line with department policy.

Many Germans welcomed migrants with open arms during the surge, but attacks against migrants and sometimes against their supporters also rose sharply.

The issue was a key theme of last year’s election, which saw the rise of the nationalist AfD party, and was one of the biggest stumbling blocks in forming a coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the center-left Social Democrats.

Germany’s new government, which will be sworn in next week, has vowed to continue pushing for voluntary returns of migrants and enforce deportations of rejected asylum seekers, who until now have often remained in Germany in legal limbo.

Compared with many other European countries, Germany has generous asylum laws. They are enshrined in the German constitution in reaction to the Nazi period, when many people fleeing the country survived only because they were able to get asylum in other countries.

The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, a government-funded study has shown, adding to the ongoing debate about how to tackle migrant crime, which has been fanned by a number of high-profile incidents.

Parties on the right, including Merkel’s Union bloc, want a tough response and more deportations, while those on the left say more needs to be done to integrate refugees into German society.

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Daily News Egypt | 03.03.2018

Germany will deport Egyptians who entered illegally: Merkel

During Thursday’s press conference held by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and German chancellor Angela Merkel, the chancellor stated that nearly 1,000 Egyptians reached Germany illegally. Merkel came to Egypt on Thursday for a two-day visit and is set to head to Tunisia later on Friday.

Merkel asserted that the Egyptians who are currently living in Germany illegally should be deported, stating that she will discuss the acceleration of the deportation of them with Al-Sisi, adding that some had already left Germany voluntarily while others will have to be forcibly deported.

“We will continue discussions regarding that matter until it is resolved,” she said during the press conference broadcasted on Egyptian state TV.

Merkel noted that Germany is providing Egypt with financial support for the sake of improving the living conditions of refugees. Moreover, she discussed with Al-Sisi the refugee crisis in Europe.

This is Merkel’s first visit to Egypt since 2009, and her first official meeting with Al-Sisi since he visited Berlin in 2015.

Conservative politican Angela Merkel, who will run for another term in the upcoming German federal elections in September, is facing right-wing pressure regarding the number of asylum seekers. In 2015 Merkel had let in around one million refugees in an effort to ease pressure on Europe’s southern border, a measure that contributed to the rise of the far-right party AfD.

On a regular basis, the German government urges the governments of Egypt and other North African countries to intensify border controls and accelerate the process of returning migrants whose applications for asylum had been rejected.

In the wake of the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war, nearly 1.3m migrants and refugees came to Europe via various routes, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Eurostat figures from 2015. Most of them came from the Middle East and Africa, seeking to escape armed conflicts, harsh living conditions, and political persecution.


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